Suddenly we’re inundated with images of pitiful refugees. A human wave has washed up on Europe’s shores and everyone asks how did this happen? What’s the plan? Actually this crisis has been building for quite awhile. The Syrian Civil War started back in 2011 and in the ensuing years over 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced and 4 million are now refugees. The turmoil has spilled over into Iraq, while bordering Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon have pretty much reached their humanitarian limits. Israel seeing the trend is building a fence to deter any movement in their direction. This river of refugees is being further fed with new streams from the now failed Libyan State and North Africa. Afghanistan facing western withdrawal is another growing tributary. Europe having difficulty dealing with the immigrants they already have is faced with the real possibility of destabilization.
It didn’t have to be this way. We pointed out in in our “SSSSHHHH” posts going back to November of last year and expanded on in our “But Admiral the Wind has Changed” post, that there were things that should be done and the time was ripe to do them. First, the Arab league as a whole needs to allow open immigration and civil rights to all Arabs. For centuries Arabs considered themselves as one people. They share language, customs, history and to a large part religion. We may never comprehend how Arabs ignore the plight of their fellow Arabs, but maybe nobody pushed them to live up to their humanitarian obligations. Now is the time to do just that. The main players in the Arab World need us more than we need them. Oil now is a limp club. On the other hand Iran looms as a monster threat. Our protection or not is a stick, but Europe could provide the carrot with financial help in settling the refugees. This has to be cheaper and far less disruptive than taking them all into Europe. It’s simply too expensive for these welfare states to take in vast number of refugees. Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis released from wasted lives in refugee camps could actually invigorate their new host countries to the benefit of all. History surely points in that direction
Second, aid the Kurds in setting up buffer zones around their territory for displaced minorities such as the Christians and Yesidis. Some progress has been made in this endeavor but much more can be accomplished. Every person who finds safety and protection under the Kurdish wing, is one less refugee in a camp in the adjoining nations or ending up in Europe. It is well past the time that we realize the opportunities possible in a closer relationship and quiet alliance with the Kurds.
Talking about France and Britain taking in thousands of refugees when the problem is in the millions,shows the futility of the cries for Europeans and even the U.S. do more. Even those thousands are politically unsustainable and could result in governmental upheavals. The rise of extreme parties in Europe parallels the increase in migrants. Donald Trump’s rise in the polls is hardly a signal that the U.S. can do a lot more. Our position always has been that it is essential to solve a Mideast Problems in the Mideast and Muslim Problems in the Muslim World. Never has this been more true than it is today.